DIY Paper Fortune Cookies

I don’t usually consider Valentines Day as anything other than the commercialisation of love, or a consumerism trap. For florists, chocolatiers and condom companies, V-Day is one of the most lucrative days of the year. For restaurants, they’ll never see this many ‘Table for Two’ bookings on any other day of the year.

But for me, it shouldn’t come down to one day of the year to affirm your love for someone!

I work at a restaurant which doesn’t take bookings, so on V-Day couples have to fight for the tables, first in best dressed.

A little over a week ago Becks (my boss and awesome friend) sent me a link from frankie Magazine.

frankie is one of my favourite magazines; its cool, quirky, speaks to a younger audience, celebrates all things creative, and is empowering.

frankie magazine is a national bi-monthly based in Australia, aimed at women (and men) looking for a magazine that’s as smart, funny, sarcastic, friendly, cute, rude, arty, curious and caring as they are. We cover design, art, photography, fashion, travel, music, craft, interiors and real-life stories – we aim to surprise and delight readers with every turn of our beautifully matte pages, and have a good old laugh while doing so.
-frankie australia

They launch a physical magazine bi-monthly, but posts loads of interesting stuff on their online blog, including their ‘frankie Exclusive DIY’s’. The DIY’s usually include loads of sewing projects, homeware projects, and seasonal or topical projects.

Last week’s project was DIY paper fortune cookies, and I instantly fell in love.

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We sell fortune cookies on the counter at work already, but we’ve always wanted to make our own!

I went out and got some groovy paper, and cut out all the circles. In their instructions they actually had a large circle punch which dear lord would’ve been waaaaaay easier instead of tracing and cutting every circle individually… but I tried buying one but couldn’t find any #smalltownproblems.

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visual instructions via frankie
Luckily I’m pretty swifty with a pair of scissors, and cut them all out while binge-watching Shortland Street. Becks wrote the fortunes, with a mix of horoscopy/chinese new year vibe and a few cheeky ones – my favourite being ‘Paris is always a good idea’ πŸ˜‚

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visual instructions via frankie
I folded and glued them up with a hot glue gun – and to my surprise, I didn’t burn myself once (I really am amazing?!)

They went down a treat on our Valentines dinner shift, we put them in with takeaways and gave them to customers when they ordered their meals.

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visual instructions via frankie
These lil babies can be made on any day of the year, and we’re keen to make up some more to put on the counter!

Thanks frankie & Essie Ruth for the groovy lil DIY project, it was a hit!

Below are our ‘cookies’!




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